Crossing the Drake Passage can prompt a host of emotions. Some dread the thought of rough seas, others embrace the potential power and try their best to harness that power in an image. That has been this photographer’s goal for nearly 15 years. Hours out on deck, dressed in polar gear, towel in hand to clean off lenses and camera. Just you, the wind, the sea and its birds, and perhaps another hearty soul or two willing to brave the elements on deck. Sometimes those efforts pay off and a fleeting, yet statistically abundant moment in a place like this, is captured at 1/2000th of a second. Those brief moments when wind, and sea, and swell, and timing coalesce to produce art. Those are the moments I live for on days like these.
National Geographic Explorer
Morning began early on National Geographic Explorer with a beautiful cruise through the LeMaire channel. As the ship passed beyond the southern end of the channel, it was surrounded by ice with spectacular views of sea ice and icebergs. The Zodiacs were soon lowered to take everyone ashore at Pleneau Island for up close encounters with penguins. In the afternoon, Zodiacs zipped around grounded icebergs as everyone was treated to a cruise through monumental ice sculptures created by glaciers. The day ended as it began, with a trip through the always awe-inspiring LeMaire channel.